Apple Cake

This apple cake is actually a cross between a cake and a bread. It’s the perfect dish to take when you’ve been asked to bring a finger food. Not too rich and not too sweet, it blends both fruit and protein into a moist cake.

We served this recently at a church Christmas dinner to go along with our theme. It was indeed a hit!

The recipe makes two cakes, so you can serve one and freeze the other for a later time. Be sure not to overbake or it will be dry.

Apple Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
 
A moist and tasty cake with apples and walnut as the main ingredients for flavor. The recipe makes two, so you can serve one and freeze the other for a later time.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith recommended)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (I added a little more)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Turbinado sugar (to sprinkle on top)
Instructions
  1. Combine the following: flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda
  2. In a separate bowl, mix togethr sugar, oil, and vanilla
  3. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir.
  5. Fold in apples and walnuts (the batter will be thick)
  6. Grease 2 loaf pans and spread half of the batter into each pan.
  7. Sprinkle the tops of each loaf with a little sugar
  8. Bake in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for about one hour, or until toothpick in the center comes out clean.

 

 

 



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Peanut Blossom Cookies

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Peanut butter and chocolate kisses = peanut blossom cookies! Our kids always enjoyed helping to make these cookies. Was it because they got too unwrap the Hersey Kisses and sneak a few on the side?

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Was it because they got to help roll the dough into balls and dip them in sugar? Was it because they got to press the Kiss onto the dough once it had been baked?

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Maybe it was all of the above! This recipe for peanut blossoms never fails to draw kids into the baking process. Plus, it’s such an easy way to draw kids into the baking process.

The peanut blossom recipe is so easy to mix up. I’ve been making these since I was a kid back in my mother’s bakery right off the kitchen in our house.

In those days, we spent a day making as many different kinds of cookies to share with others. This one was always on the list.

You’ll need the usual baking ingredients, including Hershey Kisses and peanut butter.

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Here is the recipe for peanut blossom cookies.

Peanut Blossom Cookies
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Cuisine: American
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A fun peanut butter cookie with a Hersey kiss in the middle - for a fun time with kiddos who like to help mix and bake cookies.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 20 oz. milk chocolate kisses
Instructions
  1. Cream sugars, butter, and peanut butter
  2. Beat in eggs with the milk and vanilla
  3. Stir in dry ingredients
  4. Shape in balls
  5. Roll in granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes
  7. After baking, press a chocolate kiss onto each cookie.
  8. (It takes a while for the chocolate to set up, so you can put the cookies in the freezer to speed up the process.)

 

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Carol’s Chocolate Cake Concoction

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For chocolate lovers

My friend Carol loves chocolate as much as I do. She came up with her own recipe for this layered chocolate cake, and it is scrumptious. One thing I like about this recipe is that it’s not too rich or too sweet.

You can make your chocolate cake from scratch or use a cake mix. Bake one cake and let it cool, then slice it in half using dental floss or a knife. I usually put my cake in the refrigerator; it won’t crumble as easily if it is cold.

The How-To

If you’re using a cake mix, use milk instead of water and add 1 1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee grounds to the batter. A friend of Carol’s told her that the coffee helps draw out the chocolate. (You learn something new every day!)
For the inside layers, mix your pudding according to directions. You can use chocolate or mix some vanilla with it. For this recipe, you’d need 1 large box and 1 small box pudding. 
Once you have separated your cake into two layers, frost the bottom half, then add a layer of chocolate pudding, then a layer of cool whip, and then a layer of chocolate candy (made into chunks or done in a blender) of your choice. You can use heath bars or butterscotch or chocolate chips
Put the top layer of cake on top of this first layer, then repeat in this order: frosting (icing), pudding, cool whip, and candy.
You can make your own frosting or use store-bought. You can decrease the amount of the frosting if you are afraid this will be too sweet.

Concoction varieties

For added flair or flavor, try a yellow cake mix with pineapple and vanilla pudding. Add crushed Oreo cookies instead of other candy if you’d like. The choices and combinations are endless!
Refrigerate for several hours until ready to serve. Keep this cake refrigerated.
Have fun experimenting and eating it together!

Carol's Chocolate Cake Concoction
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Serves: 15 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix - use milk instead of water
  • 1½ teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 large and 1 small box chocolate pudding
  • Milk for the chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • Cool whip - 16 ounces total - or less as desired
  • Candy of your choice - Butterfinger, Heath bars, chocolate or butterscotch chips, etc.
Instructions
  1. Bake chocolate cake and cool.
  2. IF using a cake mix, use milk instead of water and add 1½ tsp. instant coffee to the mix
  3. Slice in half from top to bottom
  4. Put bottom layer of cake in a pan
  5. Top with pudding
  6. Add frosting on top of pudding
  7. Add cool whip on top of frosting
  8. Add candy - crumbled or broken bits on top of cool whip
  9. Repeat layers, starting with the cake, then add the rest of the layers
  10. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
  11. Keep refrigerated after serving.

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Snowball Cookies

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Snowball cookies are the bomb. Kids have so much making (and eating) these. Adults do likewise, especially if it’s snowing outside as you are baking and rolling them in confectioner’s sugar.

These cookies should be on your “to bake” list for the holidays. They freeze well and add a dainty flair to your tray of cookies.

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From the back: oatmeal raisin cookies, thumbprint cookies, snowball cookies, and ginger cookies. The recipes for these cookies are all posted under Food.

You can use as much or as little confectioner’s sugar as you’d like.

I usually use pecan nuts for the nuts. But if you have another kind you like better, have at it.

I have heard these called Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes as well. Call them whatever you like – and enjoy them wherever you go.

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Snowball cookies before baking.

After you mix and bake the cookies, allow them to cool for a bit and then roll them in the confectioner’s sugar. It really doesn’t take that much even though your kitchen might look like you have powdered snow everywhere!

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Here’s the recipe.

Snowball Cookies
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Snowball cookies are easy to mix up and roll into balls. Bake them and roll in confectioner's sugar, and you're done!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1½ cup nuts, crushed
  • 2-3 cups confectioner's sugar for rolling (I use less)
Instructions
  1. Cream butter until softened
  2. Add sugar
  3. Add flour and nuts
  4. Mix well and shape into small balls
  5. Put on ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Bake at 325 until done - 5-10 minutes
  7. Cool slightly then roll in confectioner's sugar
  8. Roll cookies twice more if more sugar is desired

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